Online Piano Lessons That Can Be Useful To Synth Fans
Post date:Sun, 12/27/2020 - 08:41
Learning how to play the piano and playing a synthesizer are two very different things. However, this doesn't mean that there are no benefits to becoming better at the piano if you mostly work with synths. Some people are fortunate and have an innate feel for composing music, but for others learning some theory can be very beneficial. Knowing chords and chord progressions can also be very helpful for synth players. Thankfully, there's no need to hire a piano tutor as there are numerous online resources available. Most of these can be tried out on a monthly basis and will allow users to choose what they want to focus on. These services are not going to automatically make you a better player, but those willing to put in the time and effort will learn a lot.
Price: $15.99 per month / $110.99 per year
Piano Marvel is a subscription-based service with hundreds of video lessons to guide new players. Piano Marvel also features the Standard Assessment of Sight Reading test and scores users each time that they take it so that they can track their progress. In addition, it allows users to learn virtually any song by uploading their personal music files to their Piano Marvel account. However, with over 25,000 pre-loaded songs and exercises to choose from, there is plenty to get you started.
Another great learning feature of this service is "Music Slicing" which allows users to select groups of measures that they want to learn and then focus on them with separate left and right-hand parts or a slower tempo. The "Prepare Mode" is also great for working through notes and rhythms at your own pace as it waits for you to play. The technique section, which is for practicing rhythm, scales, chords, cadences, ear training, and much more is also invaluable. Best of all, Piano Marvel has a free account option with access to over 200 exercises, more than 125 songs, three sight-reading tests, 25+ lesson videos, and practice reports.
Price: $19.99 per month / $ 119.99 per year
Skoove attempts to make the process of learning more fun by making use of popular tracks. Lessons start right at the beginner level to help users learn the fundamentals of piano playing and note reading. Skoove also features optional courses in sight-reading and music theory for users who want the extra knowledge and practice. Along with courses on how to build chords and get creative with scales Skoove also has courses aimed at producers. These focus on harmony, arrangement, and playing the keys. Users can try out the basic version of Skoove for free and check out selected lessons from the courses. The premium subscription offers full access to all the courses along with new lessons that are added monthly as well as one-on-one support from instructors. The Skoove app is also available for iPhone and iPad.
Price: $ 19.99 per month / $119.99 per year / $329.99 (Lifetime)
Flowkey is focused on teaching users how to play songs quickly and features more than 1500 tracks ranging from pop to classical music. Users of all skill levels can practice notes and chords interactively while benefiting from instant feedback. "Flow Mode" listens to users playing and waits for them to hit the right notes while slow-motion allows users to play at reduced speed for practice. A loop function also allows users to replay specific sections to master them. In addition, it is possible to watch a video of an expert pianist playing a piece while following the sheet music on the same screen. The step by step lessons covers everything from music theory to reading sheet music and mastering chords. Users can try out Flowkey for free before committing to a premium subscription that unlocks everything it has to offer.
Price: $17.99 per month / $119.88 per year / $289.99 (Lifetime)
Playground Sessions is a piano learning app that was co-created by Quincy Jones, producer of Michael Jackson's Thriller. As the all-time most nominated artist, he knows a thing or two about music. It features over 1,000 song lessons and makes use of popular songs to teach things like rhythm, reading music, playing by ear, and more. Real-time feedback helps to keep users on track and the gamification elements, such as scores and badges add an element of fun to the learning process. Playground Sessions works on Mac and PC as well as iPad. It is split into three main parts, consisting of the "Bootcamp", courses and a song store. The Bootcamp section features all the music theory lessons while the courses focus on piano technique and musicianship skills. Finally, the song store features full-length songs to learn. Unlike the other online services, Playground Sessions does not have a free trial but does have a 30-day money-back guarantee.
Once again, these services are not a substitute for sitting down in front of your chosen synth and experimenting, but they can help with some of the fundamentals of playing. Let us know in the comments below or on the forum if you have ever made use of similar teaching methods and if they helped you to become a better musician.